Great news for John Wayne fans: two of his '60s Western classics are coming to DVD in Special Editions on May 19, 2009.
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) and EL DORADO (1966) have been previously released without any extras other than trailers. They are now being released in Paramount's Centennial Collection.
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, directed by John Ford, will have a Peter Bogdanovich commentary and a second "scene-specific" commentary with Dan Ford and archival recordings. There will also be a featurette and photo galleries.
Howard Hawks' EL DORADO will have two separate commentary tracks, one with Bogdanovich and one with Richard Schickel and others. Bogdanovich and Schickel's commentary work over the years has been uneven, but they'll be worth checking out. Other extras include a vintage featurette as well as new featurettes.
May seems to be the favored time of year to release Westerns -- just in time for Father's Day! -- so perhaps there will be more good news on upcoming Western releases in the near future.